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OPC Survey: Businesses Not Doing Enough To Protect Data

DATA PROTECTION

May 4, 2012

A new survey has found that Canadian businesses are not doing enough to protect digitally stored personal information. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada recently surveyed 1,006 Canadian companies and found that they are storing information on digital devices including desktop computers, servers and portable devices, and nearly three-fourths are using some kind of technology to prevent unauthorized access. Passwords were found to be the most popular method of data protection, but 39 percent of businesses do not have controls to ensure they are difficult to guess. Of those using portable devices to store data, 48 percent do not encrypt it. The survey also found that 32 percent of business have trained staff on appropriate information practices under Canadian privacy law.
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